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Meine Seele, kannst du nicht beten? Sieh, wie die Sterne wunderbar Aus der gewölbten Bläue treten. Und droben leuchten schön und klar. Das sind die Lichter deren Glänzen Dich ehemals so tief entzückt. Und die du mit den bunten Kränzen Verliebter Lieder hast geschmückt. Ich fühle wohl wie du bezwungen Vor der [gestirnten]1 Nacht dich [neigst]2 -- Sind deine Lieder alle versungen, O meine Seele, daß du schweigst?
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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 122.1 Patrick: "getarnten"
2 sometimes incorrectly given as "zeigst"
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Sternklare Nacht", written 1901 [author's text checked 2 times against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Reinhold Laquai (1894 - 1957), "Sternklare Nacht", published 1956?, from Hesse-Lieder für mittlere Stimme, Heft 1, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Hans-Joachim Marx , "Sternklare Nacht", <<1952 [ soprano and orchestra ], from Sieben Orchesterlieder für Sopran nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 1, lost? [sung text checked 1 time]
- by V. D. Patrick , "Sternklare Nacht ", <<1956 [ voice and piano ], from Vier Lieder, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Beate Binnig) , "Starry night", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Starlit night", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Nuit étoilée", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Roland Kupper
This text was added to the website: 2008-11-17
Line count: 12
Word count: 67
My soul, can you not pray? See how wondrously the stars Emerge from the vaulted blue. And shine above, beautiful and clear. Those are the lights whose sparkling Once enraptured you so deeply. And which you adorned with The colourful wreaths of lovestruck songs. Indeed I feel how, conquered, you [Bow down]1 before the [starry]2 night -- Are all your songs sung out, Oh my soul, that you remain silent?
1 sometimes incorrectly given as "show yourself"
2 Patrick: "disguised"
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2019 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Sternklare Nacht", written 1901
This text was added to the website: 2019-02-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 69